12 Ways to Enhance Your Home's Curb Appeal

First impressions are crucial, and that counts for your home, too! That's why we've come up with a few simple ideas for adding style and upping your house's curb appeal.

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Bright Entry

Try painting your front door for an inexpensive update that really packs a punch. Bright colors like the turquoise shade shown here (Sherwin Williams Nifty Turquoise) are an easy way to give your home a fun, fresh look.

Borderline Design

For a classic curb appeal boost, hedge your home with an adorable picket fence. Cover it with lovely roses or vines for a look that is sure to impress.

Walk This Way

Choosing the right hardscape can be a challenge, but a simple stone or brick path is a great way to add charm to your entryway. And if the inviting look isn't enough to convince you, just imagine life with no more muddy footprints and sunken heels!

Mix It Up

To keep your landscaping looking fresh and dynamic, mix in various plants with an eye-catching tree to maintain an interesting, textured look.

Rocking Out

A pair of colorful rocking chairs on the front porch will elicit nostalgic memories of the past while also providing the perfect backdrop for creating new experiences.

Light the Way

Don't let nightfall hide all your hard work. Here, a complementary mix of outdoor lights illuminates the path, all while keeping the focus on the luscious landscape.

Go Bold

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a home, and a bold color choice will lift spirits and ensure your home isn't lost in a sea of cookie-cutter houses. Posted by Rate My Space contributor djames.

Potted Plants

A small grouping of plants in classic terra cotta pots is a great way to add color to your entrance, while reserving the ability to easily swap your vegetation whenever you choose.

The Shingle Life

Textural shingles not only add interest to this gorgeous California home; they also lend an effortless rusticity, aiding the home's overall appeal.

Flowing Out of the Box

Lack of yard space didn't stop this homeowner from giving his home the floral treatment. Overflowing window boxes make a big statement in the small space and coordinate beautifully with the colorful shutters. Posted by Rate My Space contributor kmphelps.

Green Thumb

A vibrant flower bed adds life to the front yard, and a hardy mix of plants, like the various coleus shown here, offers an eye-catching combination of color and texture.

Well-Manicured Lawn

No matter how beautiful a new plant or house feature may be, it will never get a chance to shine if neighbors can't see past a wild, unkempt yard. By maintaining a nice, healthy lawn height, you can ensure your home will be noticed for all the right reasons.

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